Margot Fitzsimmons is a theater and film director, puppetry artist, arts educator and administrator with a focus on theater for young audiences. She is the recipient of the Winifred Ward Memorial Scholarship Award in 2016 for her demonstration of intellectual and artistic excellence in the area of theater for young audiences. Margot is the Artistic Director of a theater and film production company called FitzSili Productions. Her work has been seen in the United States, Holland, Israel, Germany, Taiwan and Austria. She has studied with master puppeteers Ralph Lee, Landis Smith (U.S.), Diego Guzman (Spain), Damiet Van Dalsum (Holland), Made Moja (Indonesia) and Norbert Goetz (Germany). She has worked as a teaching artist and full time drama teacher for organizations like BASIS Independent Manhattan, The New Victory Theatre, American Place Theatre, Roundabout Theater Company and Acting Manitou Theatre Camp. She received a B.A. in Theater and Spanish (Dickinson College, 2004) and M.A. in Educational Theater in Colleges and Communities (NYU, 2007) and an MFA in Theater for Young Audiences (University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016).
Kelsey Faamausili graduated from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa where she studied Creative Media and Theater. In Hawai'i, she worked in the film and television industry for production and film festival projects such as Hawai'i Five-O, Hawai’i International Film Festival, Hawai’i European Cinema, and the National Geographic WILD. She also participated in Asian Theater performances Theater For Youth, and a Hawaiian Theater Production that was strictly in the Hawaiian language. After Hawai’i, she moved to New York City to delve deeper into her film and theater career. During her time in NYC she worked for multiple film festivals such as the NYC Latino Film Festival, DOC NYC Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival. She also worked back-stage and front of house for many on- and off-Broadway venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The Shed NY and The Alchemical Theater. She is currently involved with a Capoeira Brazilian Performing Arts Center as well as the International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco, CA. As an Executive Director for FitzSili Productions Kelsey is excited to be creating original work that brings awareness and understanding to underrepresented communities.